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RAW will return to its regular night and time this week, Monday at 9/8 CT on the USA Network. The Road to WrestleMania tournament took a slight turn Thursday, as the finals will now be a Triple Threat Match between Triple H, Big Show and Rob Van Dam.

Also, Ric Flair defends his Intercontinental Title against Shelton Benjamin, Mick Foley talks about getting speared by Edge last week and another 2006 WWE Hall of Fame inductee will be accounced live on Raw.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? September 10, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, the segment and match we got from Kevin Owens this week gave an idea of what they have going forward with him. After obliterating Tyler Breeze, he finally explained why he decided to come back after quitting. Basically, current General Manager Baron Corbin explained how much they needed somebody like him on their show and emphasized that they will let him do whatever he wants. This is a Kevin Owens we should all look forward to seeing.

For Smackdown, the number one contenders match for the tag team championship was really good. It was the Bar vs. Rusev Day to determine who would face the New Day at the PPV. Rusev Day ended up winning in a great back and forth match. We already have seen the Bar vs. the New Day multiple times, so it is nice to see something new for the tag division. Along with that, this is the first time Rusev Day has had a two vs. two championship match.

The Bad

For Raw, the whole The Shield vs. Braun Strowman, Drew McIntyre, and Dolph Ziggler just isn’t clicking like it should. It was basically the same thing last week where they just brawl, then the Shield gets threaten to get thrown out of the building (this doesn’t work), and then they brawl all over again. This can work one week, but to do it all over again takes away the creativity to push the rivalries to make them more intriguing.

For Smackdown, the only problem Smackdown had going to this upcoming PPV is there is no challenger for Shinsuke Nakamura’s United States Championship. Since he has won it, he has only faced off against Jeff Hardy. Along with that, other than this week, we haven’t seen him on the show much. Hopefully, WWE can find something after Hell in a Cell because this championship should get more time than it does.

The Final Verdict

Overall, WWE did do a lot this week to build up Hell in a Cell. Both shows focused a lot on it, but Smackdown did a much better job of building up their matches than Raw did. With that said, Smackdown had the better show this week. Things are more exciting for Smackdown than Raw. Every rivalry has been well told and has gotten the proper time to build. In conclusion, the Hell in a Cell PPV should be fun to watch if it is a Smackdown match because the Raw matches do look good, but the buildup behind them doesn’t have the momentum they should.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? September 3, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, we have new tag team champions! After we thought the Revival were going to face off against the B Team for the championship, Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler decided to attack the challengers and take matters into their own hands. This led to Ziggler and McIntyre getting a championship match and they ended up winning. It was only a matter of time before the duo of Ziggler and McIntyre got tag team gold, so this isn’t too much of a shock. This would’ve felt bigger if there would’ve been proper buildup though.

For Smackdown, not only is the Miz vs. Daniel Bryan rivalry great for Smackdown, but the Charlotte Flair vs. Becky Lynch rivalry is hitting on all cylinders  too, and this week proved it. They had a face to face interview between the two and they traded barbs back and forth. The crowd is clearly behind Becky Lynch, which makes things more interesting considering WWE is trying to book Charlotte as the good one in this rivalry.

The Bad

For Raw, the Authors of Pain call up has made no sense. They get rid of Paul Ellering, stating that they can do things by themselves. But, a few weeks later, they bring in Drake Maverick as there manager? Along with that, he said that his goal was for them to win championships. But, wasn’t that what Ellering was there for to start with? Terrible booking for a team that was the dominant force in NXT.

For Smackdown, the only problem I had with the show this week was seeing R-Truth in the main event against the Miz. While he is great to have around, to be featured in the main event shouldn’t be applied to him. There were other matches worthy of getting that slot. The match overall was decent and it did help progress the Miz vs. Daniel Bryan rivalry further, but this could’ve been used at a different time in the show.

The Final Verdict

Right now, Raw seems confused what to build up while Smackdown focuses on Hell in a Cell. Raw is trying to promote Hell in a Cell, the Super Showdown in Australia, and Evolution all at once. Due to this, Raw has holes in their story lines and segments that just flat out don’t make sense. With that said, Smackdown clearly had the better show this week. They had lots of progression in all of the matches set for Hell in a Cell and they did a great job at it too. Overall, Smackdown is doing wonderful building up for the PPV, while Raw is getting lost in all of these promotions.

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WWE Smackdown vs. Raw: Who won this week? August 27, 2018

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The Good

For Raw, the Intercontinental championship match between Kevin Owens and Seth Rollins stole the show this week. These two put on a great match from start to finish and has some interesting ramifications from it. Rollins decided to host an open challenge, which Owens answered and stated that ever since his time on Raw, he has been miserable but that may soon change. Things didn’t change for Owens though and he was unable to beat Rollins. After the match, Owens then decided to quit. It’ll be interesting to see where this goes for both competitors as Rollins looks to find the next challenger to his championship and Owens looks for new work.

For Smackdown, Daniel Bryan had a great match with Andrade Almas on their show. These two went back and forth and right when we thought we were going to see Almas tap out from the Yes Lock, The Miz and Maryse interfered and attacked Bryan and Brie Bella. The attack on them really intensified this rivalry going into Hell in a Cell and it is one of the best things going for Smackdown.

The Bad

For Raw, it seems like WWE does not know what to do with Bobby Lashley. From beating Roman Reigns a few weeks ago, to beating the Ascension and not having a match at Summerslam is a very steep downfall. This is a shame considering how talented he is and how successful he was outside of WWE. As much hype as there was when he returned, that hype has faded quickly.

For Smackdown, while the triple threat tag team match that Smackdown had wasn’t bad, they only question I have is where did the Colons come from? We haven’t seen or heard from them in months and then they just  appear on this match? Confusing times right there but at least WWE is taking time to find out who should challenge the New Day next for the championship.

The Final Verdict

Overall, both shows were pretty good this week. With both shows in Toronto, the crowd was hot for both shows and made everything more interesting and better to watch. Both shows did a very good job of building up the Hell in a Cell PPV, the women’s PPV, Evolution, as well as the super showdown show in Australia. With that being said, I will have to say that Raw had the better show this week. We got to see a returning Trish Stratus, saw some controversy with Kevin Owens quitting, and had an interesting main event where Braun Strowman turned on Roman Reigns. The buildup for Hell in a Cell has been pretty good and hopefully WWE can keep this momentum going into the next few PPV’s.

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